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Dr. Abela
Professor of marketing and presentation design consultant
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Greg - thanks for the suggestion. I will think about it - it does seem to make sense. Regards, Andrew
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The Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts is now available on Several years in the making, the book contains 169 real world slides, with commentary on each one, and with the Slide Chooser serving as the organizing framework for the whole... Continue reading
Glad to help you avoid any future infarctions Soolka!
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The most popular thing we've ever posted on this blog has been, without doubt, the Chart Chooser. Available in nine different languages, the Chart Chooser has been featured in numerous books on presentation and data visualisation, and continues to serve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
Belatedly, I link to a well written summary of my keynote speech at last year's annual PMRG conference: As market researchers, we know that enhancing the efficiency of our research insights and taking a leadership role in organizational decision making... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
Hi all. I've let the Extreme Presentation blog go quiet for a while, but I'm back now and wanted to let you know what's been happening. My new "day job" as dean of the new School of Business & Economics... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
Our first ever Extreme Presentation workshop that is open to the public! In conjunction with PMRG, the premiere global community for healthcare marketing research professionals, we will be offering the day long Extreme Presentation workshop on October 23 in Jersey... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
Microsoft Corporation was one of my earliest clients for the Extreme Presentation workshop, and continues to be one of my largest; I continue to teach the workshop in Redmond three or four times per year, including most recently on Tuesday... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
I have not been posting much lately, because I've been keeping busy starting up a new School of Business & Economics at my university. I am also working on a new presentation book, and I hope to release some information... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
A common question I get is how to present a regular (monthly, quarterly) tracking study update without being excruciatingly boring. The answer is to focus exclusively on what is new since the last update, and what audience problem this new... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
Thanks Daniel!
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Interesting app for building infographics: Piktochart. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2012 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
Spend some time on Robin Good's Presentation Tools site - it's worth it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
Thanks Paul. Clearly this needs some work yet. I found your email online and am trying to get in touch to try to work this out.
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In my workshops, participants sometimes raise the concern that Conference Room Style presentations use paper handouts, and that this is harmful for the environment. In order to help understand the tradeoffs, I decided to investigate the environmental implications of some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
Hi Bruce, Great to hear from you again. In your opinion, would the rejection come from those who have to approve the communication, or those who receive it? In my experience even in hierarchical/directive organizations, audiences usually welcome this approach. Regards, Andrew
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In my experience, the opposite happens. If a slide passes the squint test, then the audience "gets" what the slide is about immediately, which reduces distraction. If they are drawn to understand the details of the slide better, that's a good thing, because it encourages them to follow you as you talk them through the slide.
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PowerPoint: You’re doing it wrong For persuasive presentations, try this alternative approach BY ANDREW V. ABELA We love to hate PowerPoint, but we keep using it. The criticisms of Microsoft’s ubiquitous presentation tool are serious: that it weakens the quality... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
Thanks Craig. I see the problem now; mistake #2 was repeated in error. I have posted the revision here: For some reason I am right now unable to edit the original post. Thanks for the catch!
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[I am republishing this page from Seven Deadly Mistakes Presenters Make, because the original had an error on it; unfortunately Typepad is not letting me change the original post right now.] Mistake #3: Only including evidence that supports your recommendation.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
Thanks Craig; glad you like it. Not sure what you mean about the links though; the link for Mistakes 1&2 goes to a post about Mistakes 1 and 2, etc.
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Nancy Duarte's company has today launched, a source for buying individual PowerPoint slide designs that pass the squint test. The site offers five types of designs: flow, join, network, segment, and stack, with dozens of variations for each. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
I have heard from a number of faculty members recently that they are adopting Advanced Presentations by Design for use in college level presentation courses. Dr. Carolyn Bailey Lewis, of the Scripps College of Communication's School of Communication Studies, has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
This is not really about presentation, but it's so good that I had to include it here: Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method
This afternoon I'm giving a presentation on How to Present Complex Insights and Findings so that they are Acted on Immediately. You can find the presentation on the Prezi site. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method